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Maureen Reddington-Wilde's
Kyrenean Greeks 

Hoi Kurenaioi
630 BCE - 314 BCE
(DBA I/56a)


The Army in Action -- Doing what it does best, forcing the enemy line to stretch out to ward off flanking attacks and defend its camp. Most historical opponents have larger blocks of Hoplites. The Kurenaioi do not want to engage them in a straight-up line fight. They must use their mobility to keep the enemy off balance. If a dismounting chariot breaks through to the enemy camp, the dismounted spear unit cannot be killed in a fight against camp followers. Terrain is two medium sized swamps placed diagonally in the center of the field -- they provide sufficient cover for the psiloi, help break up a large spear line of the enemy, and do not provide excess cover for an enemy with a lot of bad going troops.

Ho Strategos -- The General (LCh or 4Sp)

Hai Hamaxai -- The Carts (LCh//Sp)

Hoi Nautoi -- The Mariners (LCh//Sp)

[ Rear Angle ]

Hoi Hetairoi -- The Companions (LCh//Sp)

Ta Tethrippa -- The Four Horse Chariots (LCh)

Hoi Oikoi -- The Household Guard & Hoi Aphristeis --
The Dolphin Guard (4Sp)

Hoi Tureuteres -- The Jokers & Hoi Poloi --
The rest of the Gang (4Sp)

Camp for I/56 Kyrenean Greek, suitable for any Greek army,
and particularly for any Doric states.


The army depicted is I/56a Kyrenean Greek 630 BCE - 314 BCE Hoi Kurenaioi -- The Kyreneans 1xLCh or 4Sp Gen (or 3Cv Gen - not included), 2xLCh, 2xLCh//4Sp, 4x4Sp, 3x2Ps

15mm figures, including charioteeers by Xyston. Chariots by Essex. Spears 1/16" brass wire, javelins .020 mil brass wire, spear heads hammered out. About half the spears also have butt spikes hammered out.

The Essex Kyrenean army pack includes the wrong type of chariots; it only has generic 2H curved body chariots. For the 3 regular LCh in the list, I used Essex MEPA81, Libyan 4H chariot (the yokes for the horses are carved from plastic, they were not included). For the two dismounting LCh, BSE91, Infantry cart w/driver (scratch-built plastic sides added to look better with standing hoplite figures). Chariot drivers and javelineers converted from Xyston peltasts and a general. Drivers' whips made from .020 mil brass wire.

Psiloi, are Kretan archers. (Rhodian slingers, or Libyan javelineers would also be appropriate choices. Kurene had close cultural ties with Krete and Rhodes, and Libyans were their neighbors.)

Hoplites, are mostly Spartans with pilos helmets. Kurene was a colony of the island of Thera, itself an earlier colony of Sparta. They maintained close cultural ties with both. The open pilos helmet seemed a sensible choice for troops in the desert. A few Korinthian helmets with flashy crests are thrown in too, Kurene was pretty cosmopolitan. And a few bronze cuirasses, but only in the cart-borne hoplites and in the optional Sp General stand.

Shield designs were individually chosen by each soldier. Designs here are inspired from Greek art (not specific historical shields, those belonged to other soldiers), and a few from the contemporary Egyptian zodiac illustrations of their neighbors.

The priestesses in the camp are converted from Xyston tribal womenfolk. The rock formation is made from layers of balsa wood and putty. See more details in the camp gallery.

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Last Update: 18 August 2015

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